Colonel Charles Jerry Oram, affectionately known as Chuck, was born to parents Henry and Beulah Oram Jan. 26, 1934 in Oxford, N.J. He entered eternal rest Nov. 7, 2020 at the age of 86.
When Chuck married his wife, Sue Kissel, Dec. 28, 1955 at Fort Benning, Ga., they began their life’s adventure together. Chuck was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.
Chuck enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1954 serving over 26 years and retiring as a Colonel. He was an Army Ranger and helicopter pilot with extensive flight hours in the CH-47 Chinook. His service included a tour of duty in Korea and two tours in Vietnam where his bravery earned The Distinguished Flying Cross in the An Lao Valley. Chuck loved flying helicopters and served his country honorably.
Chuck and his wife Sue retired to Cedar Creek Lake in Mabank in 1986. In his free time, he enjoyed fishing, building and fixing just about anything. He became known as the neighborhood handy man. Chuck was a kind and generous man. He was always ready to help anyone in need. Everyone knew they could count on Chuck for anything. He loved to travel with his family visiting new and interesting places.
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, brother Henry Floyd Oram and wife Mary, sisters Christina H. Oram and Elsie May Oram Murray.
He is survived by wife Sue Oram, daughters Carol Fox and husband Joe and Jerilyn Paladino and husband Carl, grandchildren Jason Fox and wife Lindsey, Julie Brown and husband Benjamin, Jill Fox,
Jeremy Holthaus and Jenna Holthaus, great-grandchildren Jake, Ellie and Leela Fox, Jade and Brooks Brown, nephews Dave Oram and wife Terrie and Gerald Oram and niece Janis O. Schafer and husband Joe, great-nieces Caitlyn Drane and husband Bradley, Julia Cruz and husband Raul and Janelle Schafer and great-nephew Erik Oram, also five great-great-grandnieces and nephews and many lifelong friends.
Funeral services were held Nov. 14, 2020 at Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist Church in Kemp. In lieu of flowers, Chuck’s family requests donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Chuck’s favorite charity.